Five Marines are declared dead in crash off coast of Japan, search ends - Pacific

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan The Marine Corps has ended an extensive search for five Marines missing after their KC-130J Hercules collided with an F/A-18 Hornet last week off Japans southern coast.

After an update from the Joint Personnel Recovery Center, and a review of all available information, I have made the determination to end the search and rescue operations for the crew of our [Hercules] and to declare that these Marine warriors are deceased, III Expeditionary Force commander Lt. Gen. Eric Smith said in a statement posted Tuesday afternoon to the organizations official Facebook page.

Every possible effort was made to recover our crew and I hope the families of these selfless Americans will find comfort in the incredible efforts made by US, Japanese, and Australian forces during the search, he added.

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